One of the biggest challenges in medicine today is recruiting minority physicians to better reflect our increasingly diverse society. Currently, less than 9 percent of U.S. physicians are from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups.

I am pleased to report that ASA has joined the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation to address this challenge head on, providing medical student tuition assistance scholarships through the Minority Scholars Award (

In May 2016, the AMA Foundation presented 21 outstanding medical students from across the country with Minority Scholars Awards. One of the awardees, Elizabeth Dalchand, is a first-year medical student at Stony Brook School of Medicine with an interest in anesthesiology.

She plans to pursue a career in critical care medicine and hopes to one day take care of patients in her hometown of Jamaica, New York. Her...

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